‘Pirates: On Stranger Tides’ Breaks $1 Billion Despite Poor US Turnout

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 04, 2011

Despite only 23% of the gross coming from the United States and Canada, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has broken the $1 billion threshold this weekend, now ranking seventh in the all-time worldwide gross chart. The movie, which is now in its sixth week in theaters, has now generated an estimated $233.7 million domestically and $774 million internationally for a total gross of $1.01 billion. The movie still has some catching up to do, however, if it wants to beat the 2006 installment, Dead Man’s Chest, which brought in $1.07 billion.

The movie now ranks behind the following films
(1) Avatar (2009, $2.78 billion)
(2) Titanic (1997, $1.84 billion)
(3) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, $1.12 billion)
(4) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006, $1.07 billion)
(5) Toy Story 3 (2010, $1.06 billion)
(6) Alice in Wonderland (2010, $1.02 billion)
(7) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011, $1.01 billion)

The film has by far the lowest percentage of domestic gross compared to the international gross, however. By comparison, Dead Man’s Chest had nearly 40% of its audience watch the film domestically. As mentioned before, On Stranger Tides was only able to nab 23% of the audience domestically. On Stranger Tides also broke records internationally by becoming the highest grossing film of all time during an opening weekend, drawing $260.4 million.